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post #1 of 6 Old 06-20-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I need some help with this RAS!

Hey guys,
My grandpa has an old Craftsman 10" radial arm saw and needs a new motor. Does anyone know where we can go to get a replacement. I have a model number and I think that it is build in the 70's. If anyone could help me WE would appreciate it greatly. Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-20-2010, 08:17 PM
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Not going to be worth it

You won't find a replacement motor, since they are no longer made.
You have 2 choices, buy another RAS off Craig's list as I have done 2X or take the motor to a electrical motor repair shop and get a quote... it may not be the motor, just a switch, plug/cord or starting capacitor, relatively cheap. Check out those first, then let us know. bill
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-20-2010, 09:59 PM
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If the motor is really zorched, used Craftsman RAS's are often available on Craigslist - just like Woodnthings said. I looked at Toledo's CL and there were several there, one as cheap as $75. I'd bet Craftsman RAS's are one of the most common woodworking tools on CL, along with Craftsman table saws.

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Not to be sarcastic, but how do you know it needs a new motor? I have a Craftsman RAS now, and a few years back someone gave me one because they said the motor was shot. I replaced the starting capacitor, checked the wiring, and cleaned the motor out and it ran very smooth.

This may not be the problem, but you might want to check it out.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-22-2010, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there,
You know I do not for sure that it is the motor. I live in ohio and my grandpa lives in california. He thinks it is the motor and is looking for a replacement. Yes it might not be the motor and could be something else maybe an easy fix but he says he can not find a motor repair shop. I don't know...
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Hi Dominic,

What are the symptoms? If you turn it on and it hums and you can spin the arbor enough to have it take off (with the blade off of course) it would be the starting capacitor. If you get nothing check power before and after the switch. If both of these are not the problem then it may be your motor. There is a place here in Lincoln NE called Colin Motors that have about any motor made or can rebuild yours. That would be the expensive route. If it is truly the motor,I would buy a Craigslist and replace the motor for yours. I would still bet on the capacitor. I have had my RAS for about 20 years and have gone thru 2. I keep a spare on hand now. Most electrical wholesale houses have or can get motor start capacitors and they should be $5-10. Hope this helps. Sounds like a great machine to save. Ones from family are always the best.

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